Free New World Symphony Tickets to Renga: A John Cage Tribute

Get inspired by an orchestral performance that will blur the boundaries between sound and music. Free tickets available for AIGA Members (just one more reason to become a member if you haven’t already), see below for details!

Renga: A John Cage Tribute
Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Marc-André Hamelin, piano
Dancers from New World School of the Arts

To reserve your complimentary tickets, please email before noon Friday, February 8th. All tickets will be held under “AIGA” – please reference this when retrieving your tickets from will-call.


Cage’s Dance 4/Orchestras is a work for four small orchestras inside and outside the concert hall. The poetic and violent gestures of each orchestra stretch across space to suggest the past, present and future. The music for each orchestra consists of 12 pairs of pages that Cage indicated may be performed as a whole or in part and in any order. The performance will be enhanced by a specially designed video collage derived from Cage’s graphic works.

Marc-André Hamelin stars in a selection of Cage’s notoriously difficult Etudes Australes, a body of 32 indeterminate works for solo piano written using star charts as source material.

Presented as the festival culmination, Renga is a large-scale, free-form improvisatory work for orchestra and soloists based on 361 drawings by Henry David Thoreau and the structure of Japanese poetry. The work blurs the boundaries between sound and music, allowing the musicians immense freedom in determining the choices they make.

Throughout the concert, audiences will enjoy videos, still images, projections of live and replayed performances, recordings of Cage reciting his own writings and more, each serving to connect audiences to the performers and Cage’s vision in unique ways.

Cage: Dance/4 Orchestras
Cage: Etudes Australes
Cage: Renga


By aigamiami
Published February 6, 2013
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